Macau GP qualifying summry

Priaulx take pole position after wet qualifying Andy Priaulx captured pole position for the FIA World Touring Car Championship series finale at Macau on Friday after a brilliant effort in the rain hit qualifying session. The BMW...

Priaulx take pole position after wet qualifying

Andy Priaulx captured pole position for the FIA World Touring Car Championship series finale at Macau on Friday after a brilliant effort in the rain hit qualifying session.

The BMW driver stormed out of the pits to set his best times immediately and, when rain showers covered half of the track, it meant his top slot for Sunday's doubleheader was guaranteed.

"A big part of the job is done now," said Priaulx, who is one of nine drivers fighting for the title this weekend. "There are still two races to go, but I have made it a lot easier for myself. Now we have to do the job on Sunday."

BMW's Dirk Muller will start on the front row alongside Priaulx, having bounced back from a crash in morning practice. "My neck is still a little sore, but the team did a great job to get me back out there," he said. "For sure I am happy."

SEAT's Yvan Muller captured third place on the grid to provide some consolation for what proved to be a pretty disastrous session for his Spanish car manufacturer.

Muller's teammate James Thompson ended up 25th on the grid after crashing at Fishermen's Bend early in the session and bringing out the red flag. SEAT's Rickard Rydell, who had been quick in practice and is one of the main title contenders, could manage no better than 22nd after failing to make it out of the pits before the rain came down.

Duncan Huisman starts fourth, with BMW's Jorg Muller fifth. SEAT independent driver Tom Coronel is sixth, with championship leader Augusto Farfus Jr. seventh.

There was disappointment for Chevrolet, who had been very quick in practice. Nicola Larini crashed headfirst into the barriers at R Bend early on, bringing out the red flag. Rob Huff lines up 20th, once place ahead of teammate Alain Menu.

-credit: www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Duncan Huisman , Rob Huff , Rickard Rydell , Nicola Larini , Alain Menu